Fertility Talk: IVF + Egg Retrieval

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In an earlier article, I chatted with you all about the different paths to conceiving. I spoke about the many different choices to creating the experience that feels right for you and your partner.

One of the most common paths is that of IVF. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is when eggs are extracted from the ovaries and mixed with sperm for fertilization. I wanted to chat a wee bit about what this procedure consists of so that you could get a better understanding of what you can expect.

When choosing to travel the path of IVF, you can expect medication shots, office visits with your primary care giver, egg retrieval, and then finally embryo transfer. Medication as the first step within this process includes being injected with medication(s) to help stimulate and develop multiple follicles and eggs.

The eggs that are being developed in the ovaries in fluid filled structures are called follicles. These follicles can be seen, measured, and monitored by ultrasound and contains an egg.


Egg retrieval process is actually quite quick and simple, though it may sound like a complicated procedure. 

You are usually put under anesthesia for this process. 

A nettle is passed through the top of the vagina and an ultrasound guides the nettle to the ovary and follicle where the fluid is released through and the egg(s) detach from the follicle wall and sucked out. 

You can expect this procedure to take about ten to fifteen (10-15) minutes. The numer of eggs retrieved depends on age and if there are any existing conditions, but most commonly anywhere between eight to twelve (8-12) eggs


After the procedure, your eggs are transferred to the IVF Lab where they will be identified, rinsed, and placed into plastic dishes and into an IVF Incubator

Eggs and sperms are put together or sperm is directly injected into the eggs a few hours after retrieval and is checked for fertilization the next morning/day. 

A few days after fertilization the eggs are then implanted into your uterus and with the help of some lucky babydust, two-weeks later, your blood HGC levels are checked to let your know whether the procedure was successful or not.

For some, this procedure take a couple tries before they get a definite yes on a pregnancy test but don't be discouraged! With diet, exercise, mental and emotional support (such as your partner, doula, and midwife) and positive vibes, I am more than confident that this path will align in your favor! 


I always suggest formulating and incorporating a fertility-rich nutrition plan into your pregnancy and birth journey. There are a few ways to go about this including my online The Modern Doula Fertility Nutrition Clinic accepting 2016-2017 clients soon. Check the page for registration dates.

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